Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Weed'em & Reap garden club comments.

Posted Tuesday, May 10, 2016, at 6:42 AM
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  • Durn it!

    The radar said we were finally going to get a burst of rain so I rushed to get some things in the ground. Made the plant marker, prepared seed bed to receive the seeds and opened the pack only to find the seeds had escaped!

    They were from the seed swap and they must be at the bottom of the tub, back in the house. Quick change of name plate and Red Kuri (Hokkaido) Squash gets in as lightning and thunder announce the storm's arrival.

    I am on the run to plant some Canna Lily seeds as the rain starts and "ring, ring" I get a business call. They could hear the thunder and were a little curious, but I got the seeds in (I think) and dead-headed to the house.

    Rain is not too good for a phone headset but running with my hand over my ear must have worked. Except! All this beautiful rain coming down and I only got two plantings in the ground!

    Durn it!

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, May 10, 2016, at 8:04 AM
  • So much for the rain. There wasn't enough to even set the seeds so I guess I water tonight.

    There will come a time when these plants will have to survive without my "input", but for now, they get babied.

    This last batch went into a hugelkultur bed so we'll see if they hold more moisture as "advertised".

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, May 10, 2016, at 5:21 PM
  • I just noticed the lightning bugs are out. I thought they were in late May but....

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, May 10, 2016, at 8:28 PM
  • The mosquitos are out too.......

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Wed, May 11, 2016, at 12:22 PM
  • So are the squirrels and you know the rest of the story...Ha!

    I sure miss Paul Harvey...I got a few squirrely tells for him!

    I fixed any mosquito places I had and will watch for the lightning bugs...I've had a jar full a few times in my younger life! We sure seem to have lot of them on this side of town, seems like millions some nights!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Wed, May 11, 2016, at 12:31 PM
  • I just planted 6 squash varieties, Tennessee Old Time Melon, Black Pearl Hot Pepper and some swan gourd seeds. That means all but two of each will be available to be given away tomorrow night at our garden meeting.

    I'm holding two back of each as backup in case the garden gets raided by something. The something could be wild critters or our own pets but I have covered them with wire to help prevent digging and will raise that as time goes on.

    Of course my old nemesis the squash bug and vine borer could reek havoc as well but that will be controllable, probably.

    The other squash? Glad you asked. Australian Butter, Long Island Cheese, Waltham Butternut, Guatemalan Blue Banana (remember the other banana squash I've brought in?),Burgess Buttercup, and Ann Schwartz Hubbard.

    Probably only two squash seeds apiece, 4-6 of the melon but we'll see. There are plenty of the Black Pearl Hot Pepper.

    I will share some bitter melon seeds I got from China Town in Montreal, but I don't think I will get any takers.

    Bring some baggies!

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, May 12, 2016, at 9:05 AM
  • Speaking of critters and digging, our newest dog Spottie could not leave a new post I put in the ground alone. I used a bag of concrete, but before it set, she had dug about 4-5" away from the post. Talk about grrrrr.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, May 12, 2016, at 9:08 AM
  • I'll bring some okra seedlings and maybe a couple of muskmelon seedlings but I'll have to leave early...

    -- Posted by espoontoon on Thu, May 12, 2016, at 12:15 PM
  • It will be good to see you espoontoon.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, May 12, 2016, at 3:28 PM
  • Yessss, we got some rain tonight. Hard and heavy but I'll take it with a smile. Not much ran off. Except the UPS delivery person.

    Twice now they have left our package .2 of a mile down our driveway, saying they left it at front door. If you count the driveway opening as a door maybe, you can't even see the house from there.

    I let it go by once but I have an appointment with UPS management tomorrow.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, May 12, 2016, at 9:36 PM
  • My third year eggplants have given up. Probably because I placed them in a spot that encouraged ignoring, so they went from drought to flood to drought once too often.

    Hot peppers are still around but also started new plants where some of the peppers dried and fell in the pots. I guess sort of naturalized but in a pot instead of outside in the ground.

    Anyone need some grown goldfish for their pond? We are once again at our limit for what our size pond can support. You need to be ready for them though. They are too big to keep in a bucket overnight.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, May 13, 2016, at 7:39 AM
  • I watered heavily in the morning because everything looked parched enough to not make it through the day.....At least without a setback. The heavy rain was still very welcomed.....

    Must be the same UPS driver who left a package in my yard about twenty feet from the street......It was photography paper and rain was expected.....Luckily I happened to spot it......What are they thinking ? Fed X doesn't even try for the house...They leave packages on my lawnmower in the driveway........

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Fri, May 13, 2016, at 8:03 AM
  • Steve, may be you've got a new UPS driver. Apparently, I had one a couple of weeks ago, who probably doesn't have two brain cells to rub together. I was coming back from town and I see him coming the other way, at about the usual delivery time. When one drives up to my place it is to my backdoor. But I find no package. Later that evening, I get on the computer and check Tracking. It was delivered to my front door. Anyone seeing that the front door was blocked off should know that it wasn't being used.

    -- Posted by Tyger on Fri, May 13, 2016, at 8:13 AM
  • I think we had a pretty good session last night. I would bet we all learned something. Great desert from chef grape and a tasty spring roll by Barbara kept those of us who did not eat from falling over

    We certainly learned about weeds and why some may be more welcome now. Talking about a social meeting turning into a road trip to nameless TN ( that's the name)

    Swapped some plants, seeds, and even a weed, mullein.

    I thought we had blackberry winter already but that must have been the first stage.. Tonight could get down in the 30's!!!!

    Most of my plants are either cool weather, near enough the house to get a fee degree temp boost but one Georgia candy squash is all I have so I covered it just in case.

    I doubt we will get a frost here but I don't want to take a chance of stunting growth with cold so.... This is the one and only thing I am covering.

    When I put my sweat band on this morning I did not think it would be to keep my head warm! At noon time the temp and breeze made it downright chilly!!

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sat, May 14, 2016, at 10:04 PM
  • Hope everyone's plants survived that cool-snap. I keep getting reinforced for planting late this year.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, May 15, 2016, at 9:15 PM
  • My lunch walk today was a lunch weeding event and I noticed the hugelkultur beds had healthier weeds. They are holding what little rain we get better than the open tilled areas.

    I also started trying to connect the dots between weeds, natural plants with medicinal properties and my hands pulling them. I might be better off getting equipment to extract plant oils from these "native" plants than trying to grow a regular garden.

    With that in mind, I need to identify a few more healthy weeds to see what they might offer. Sweet Annie is doing real well and I know the aromatic benefits of that, but what else? Surely there is a use like other strong scents.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, May 25, 2016, at 2:47 PM
  • My garden is retracting lately. Until rain starts coming to our hills again, the rest of the seeds are staying in the pack. I'll plant the seedlings that have come up and water them for w while while getting established but not much new is going in after that.

    One proud success was a new patch of catnip in a tire. I have been able to protect the seedlings with chicken wire over the tire. Yeah!

    Anyone know a way to stop goldfish from multiplying? I wonder if cutting back on their food, will cause a natural response to not reproduce until food is in abundance again?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, May 26, 2016, at 7:34 AM
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